Mini Saga, Favorite Songs and Story Endings
This post is another one in the "section" of creative writing. As I have already said, it can be pretty difficult to get your students to write their own stories, so these methods can be of great help.
Mini saga is a story of exactly 50 words, that your students have to write. It can also have a title of up to 15 words, but the title can also be omitted. It is great to stimulate creativity and determine the crucial elements of a story. Here's an example of a mini saga by Daniel H. Pink:
"When I was shot, fear seized me at first. No surprise that. But once I realized I wasn’t going to die – despite the thermonuclear pain and widening puddle of weirdly warm blood – my mind recalibrated. And one thought, comforting yet disturbing, leapt into my head: I need to tweet this."
Another great method is the one in which you tell your students to list some of the titles of their favorite songs. You should write the titles one below another (6-10 of them) on a board so that everyone can see them. Then tell your students to connect the titles into a story. This will probably go well because (again) it's connected to their lives and they have chosen the songs. To make it a bit more difficult, tell them that the order of songs has to be exactly as they are written down.
If you want to really spice up their writing, try giving them the end of a story. In this case they have to come up with a story that will lead to this end. You can use some slogans that they are familiar with, or certain expressions and idioms that can be used in various ways. Some of my favorites are:
1. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
2. And that's the way it is.
3. Because I'm worth it.
4. Keep calm and carry on. (This one can be altered in sooo many different ways.)
5. Impossible is nothing.
6. Think different.
7. Don't hate the player...
8. Let your fingers do the walking.
Whichever method you decide to use, I hope you'll have fun with it and inspire your students to write amazing stories.